Otterbein to host Diversity events

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Otterbein University, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art and PAST Foundation, invites you to join us from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Road, for the 2017 Community Cardboard Challenge, part of the Global Cardboard Challenge. The event is free and open to the public.

Teachers, students, and community members, along with CMA and PAST staff, will post challenges designed to encourage experimentation, build curious minds and stimulate critical thinking or, in other words, play. Throughout the day, you’ll be encouraged to use your creative thinking to respond to the challenges using only cardboard, tape and other recyclables.

The Global Cardboard Challenge encourages friends, family, co-workers and community members all over the world to come out to play at local events, celebrating the creativity and imagination of kids everywhere. You can find more information by visiting


The Graduate School at Otterbein University will present its fall Executive Guest Lecture Series on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. A reception starts at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

Scott Daly, director of client service at Focus 3 is the featured speaker. His talk will focus on the value of critical decision-making and a systematic approach to leadership, culture, and behavior for the ultimate purpose of producing exceptional results.

He will explain how to apply a simple, powerful equation, the R Factor, into everything you do: E+R=O (Event + Response = Outcome). The R Factor equips everyone in the organization with the behavior skills that are critical for exceptional performance. It teaches that you don’t control events, but you always have control over how you respond. And how you respond makes all the difference.

Daly is a 13-year veteran of the United States Navy SEALs, a Chief Petty Officer and a Master Training Specialist. In addition to operating on active SEAL teams, he spent years training junior officers and enlisted SEALs how to perform at elite levels physically, emotionally, and tactically in the world’s most demanding environments. His military experience allowed him to coach and train people in over 15 countries on five different continents. Before joining the Navy after the tragedy on 9/11, he was a highly successful salesman for five years in corporate America.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Register at

Otterbein to Host Central Ohio Event in National Discussion on Board Diversity

2020 Women on Boards event will include panel with prominent executives

On Thursday, Nov. 15, in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives will gather for 2020 Women on Boards: The National Conversation on Board Diversity. Otterbein University is proud to once again host the central Ohio event from 7-9 a.m. at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville.

Dr. Kathy Krendl, president of Otterbein University, will welcome guests and moderate a panel discussion on Building the Pipeline: How Do We Better Prepare Ourselves and Find Director Opportunities? The panel will feature the following leaders:

· Chasity Kuttrus, partner and executive coach at Executive Elements

· Eleanor Bloxham, president and CEO, The Value Alliance and Corporate Governance Alliance

· Jeff Sopp, CEO of Expesite

· Yvette McGee Brown, partner at Jones Day and former Ohio Supreme Court justice

Additionally, Julie Graber, CEO of GenderEQA, will provide a data overview on women on boards nationally and in central Ohio.

Registration is $40 per person. Participants can register at, going live this week.

2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020. Launched in December 2010, the consumer-oriented, grassroots campaign is redefining good corporate governance and gender diversity standards and creating a cultural imperative for corporate action. They congratulate companies for achieving or surpassing the 20 perfect goal and educate all-male boards of directors about the value of diversity. They provide access to our research through the 2020 Gender Diversity Directory, a database of over 1,800 public and private companies categorized by the gender composition of their boards. The 2020 Women on Boards campaign also publishes the 2020 Gender Diversity Index, an annual analysis of trends in the board composition of Fortune 1000 companies.

Among the campaign’s signature programs, the National Conversation on Board Diversity is an annual event that takes place on a single day in cities across the country. Over the last four years, the event was held in 35 cities (four international) with more than 6,000 people attending and more participating on social media.

The event is sponsored by GBQ. As a top 200 tax, accounting and consulting firm, GBQ has over 165 associates working in six offices and five states. While its size permits us to serve even the most complex organizations, its independence allows it to keep all decision-making authority in one place.

Otterbein Saluted Troops, Dominated Wilmington at 100th Homecoming

Festivities included tree planting to celebrate Tree Campus USA designation.

Otterbein University celebrated its 100th Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 16, and used the event to show some support for America’s troops and celebrate the environment. More than 1,000 people attended this year’s Homecoming festivities, which included the annual parade and Grove Festival, full of activities, music, food trucks and school spirit.

After the annual parade, Otterbein representatives planted a red oak tree and handed out 100 saplings in honor of the university being named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The designation is awarded to two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities that meet or exceed the five standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation relating to tree care and stewardship, education and community engagement. Tree Campus USA is a sister program to Tree City USA.

Westerville has been a Tree City USA since the program was created in 1976, and Ohio was recognized as the nation’s leader in Tree City USA communities with 243 participating cities, villages and townships, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Otterbein is proud to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its efforts.

The focus shifted from the environment to American heroes. The Pre-Game Celebration: An Otterbein Salute to Kindness at Memorial Stadium was an epic stadium-sized thank you to United States troops and veterans. It included a 100-singer strong choir leading the 2,400-seat stadium in singing America the Beautiful. Additionally, all Homecoming attendees were asked to write notes of support to send to active duty service men and women and veterans.

The Salute to Kindness is part of a new initiative with The Columbus Foundation to inspire kindness in central Ohio. Otterbein’s pledge as the lead university in this effort encourages students, alumni, donors, friends, community members and employees to give gifts and perform acts of kindness that make a difference. Through Otterbein’s Kindness Matters initiative, the Cardinal community will document actions and programs that help ease someone’s burden, advance knowledge, nurture civility, build community and advance the common good. A website will be launched where pictures and reflections can be posted, as well as on social media at #kindnessmatters. The initiative includes an important social science research component so we might better understand behavior change and other related environmental factors.

In addition to celebrating 100 years since the first Homecoming at Otterbein, the University celebrated raising $43.5 million toward the goal of its capital campaign. The $50 million Where We Stand Matters campaign, which launched to the public in September 2014, is the largest in Otterbein’s history. The campaign supports three funding priorities: campus renewal; access and affordability; and building a model community. Campus renewal includes campus master planning and facilities updates. Building a model community includes providing resources for departments, programs, faculty, staff, and students with funds for research, internships, and travel. Access and affordability provides funds for new scholarships to make it possible for students — regardless of their financial circumstances — to receive a quality Otterbein education.

For its 100th Homecoming, the Cardinals football team remained perfect on the young season, flying past visiting Wilmington College by a score of 56-28. Otterbein, now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), opened a 28-0 lead by halftime and ultimately finished the day with 466 yards of total offense.

Check out the Homecoming festivities using #otterbein and see the full weekend schedule at


Otterbein recognized as a Best Value School in Ohio

Otterbein University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its focus on affordability, integrative teaching and learning, student success outcomes, experiential learning and providing educational opportunities for veterans.

In the U.S. News & World Report 2018 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Otterbein is ranked in the top 15 percent among 173 peers in the Regional Universities–Midwest category and once again earned a spot in the list of “A+ Schools for B Students.” Among the Ohio schools in its category, Otterbein boasts the third highest peer review score. Otterbein ranked 19th overall and 12th in its category on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list. Additionally, this year Otterbein is named a “Best Value School.”

“Otterbein’s curriculum intentionally blends liberal arts and professional studies with hands-on experiences for a well-rounded education. Otterbein students learn the soft skills that are critical for a student’s success after graduation,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “Our focus on access and affordability means that a quality Otterbein education is attainable for students of all backgrounds, regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status, age and more.”

Recruitment efforts are yielding impressive results at increasing the diversity of the student body at Otterbein. This fall’s first-year class has 21 percent students of color, or 126 students from a freshman class of 607; it is the most diverse class in Otterbein’s history, for the fourth year in a row.

Initiatives like scholarships for students from under-served school districts and partnerships with organizations like I Know I Can – Columbus have brought more diverse students to Otterbein. Additionally, a new dual admission program with Columbus State Community College was announced earlier this year. Once they are here, they continue to receive the support they need. Under President Krendl’s leadership, Otterbein established the Center for Student Success to remove barriers to success for students at risk of leaving college. It has greatly increased the retention rate of the university and created countless success stories for previously at-risk students. Nationally, universities talk about how to close the achievement gap between students of color and white students; at Otterbein, we’ve not only closed the gap in retention rates, we’ve reversed them. Columbus City School graduates have a 94 percent retention thanks to these support mechanisms, the highest of any district on campus.

Otterbein’s unique curriculum integrating classroom and experiential learning, along with the high level of personal attention students receive, contribute to the University’s ranking. Otterbein’s Five Cardinal Experiences program encourages students to explore community engagement; research and creative work; internships and professional experiences; citizenship and leadership; and global and intercultural engagement. Otterbein’s new innovation center, The Point, is increasing opportunities for hands-on learning experiences on campus.

According to the guide, institutions in the Regional Universities category provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs with some offering select doctoral programs. Otterbein offers master’s degrees in allied health, business, education, educational mathematics and nursing, as well as a doctor of nursing practice degree.

This year Otterbein competed with schools from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri for this honor. The rankings are based on 16 measures of “academic excellence,” which fall into seven categories, with retention rates and assessment by peers and counselors being the most important.

Presidents and academic vice presidents are surveyed in the spring each year and are asked to rate their peer institutions (those schools in the same category and region). Other categories include faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate. The entire survey can be viewed at

Otterbein University is a private university nationally recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein recently launched Kindness Matters, an initiative in partnership with Kind Columbus at The Columbus Foundation, in its effort to cultivate and inspire kindness throughout the greater Columbus region. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 15 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 14th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

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